How to Repair Asphalt Shingles: What You Can Do to Restore Your Roof

Do you want to learn about how to repair asphalt shingles for your home’s roof?

 

As a roofing material, asphalt is hard to beat thanks to its durability and affordability but, like any other kind of roofing material, there will come a time when something needs to be repaired.

 

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Fortunately, there are things you can do to make that happen so that your home’s roof is as strong as ever.

So let’s take a look at how to repair asphalt shingles and you’ll see just how you can make your home safe.

 Gathering the Right Tools

Getting the job done of course means having the tools to do it and, when you need to repair shingles, you will need to have access to tools like:

A Hammer

Roofing Nails

A Pry Bar

A Putty Knife and Tin Snips

Gather these before you actually begin work and you can be sure that you will be able to do the work that needs to be done as efficiently as possible.

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 The Repair Process

If you need to replace individual asphalt shingles, you will first need to separate the damaged shingles from the surrounding shingles in order to start the replacement.

This can be done by using the pry bar to lift those shingles in order to expose the nails that are holding the shingle in place.

Once you have sight of those nails, you can use the claw of the hammer to pop them up and out of place.

Once the nails are all out of place, you can get to work on removing the damaged shingles.

During this step of the process, you will most likely need to shift other shingles around to get to the one that needs to be replaced, so it’s important to be careful not to break the shingles that are perfectly fine.

In some instances, you may be able to salvage a shingle by cutting away sections that are damaged but leaving the ones that aren’t. This will save you time and money because you won’t have to work to replace the entire thing.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you align replacement shingles properly before driving the roofing nails into place in order to have a roof that has a cohesive look to it.

When the shingles are in place, you can conceal the nail heads, as well as the gaps between shingles, with roofing tar. This will make it harder for strong winds to lift those nails and force you back onto the roof to fix the problem later.

 Keeping the Home Safe

By following these steps, you can make sure that the work you do on your home’s roof will be able to keep you safe by creating an air tight seal through which leaks will be unable to penetrate the home’s interior.

Just remember that you should keep your roofing material options in mind, among other things you should know about before repairing your roof and you will be well on your way to having a fully restored roof before you know it.

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